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Comfort Keepers Helps Seniors With Macular Degeneration In Shelton, CT

Aug 23, 2018 by Mark McGoldrick

Find out how Comfort Keepers help seniors in Shelton, CT cope with age related macular degeneration.

Many American seniors suffer from vision problems that impact their daily life. When vision is impaired significantly, many seniors consider moving into assisted living communities or even a nursing home. With Comfort Keepers at-home support, however, there is a better way.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the primary reason American seniors over the age of 65 lose their vision and go blind. The good news is that when AMD is caught in time vision loss can be stopped. Sadly, many seniors simply attribute vision changes to normal aging and do not seek the help they need in time.

The best way that AMD is identified is through an annual vision check. When a doctor is able to diagnose the problem and start treatment early the chances of success are dramatically multiplied. In addition to vision checks, there are several other things seniors can do to limit their risk of AMD-related vision loss. Consider these suggestions from Comfort Keepers:

  • Wear sunglasses that provide full-spectrum UV protection when outdoors or in direct sunlight.
  • Maintain proper cholesterol and blood pressure. High cholesterol and high blood pressure greatly increase the risk of vision problems.
  • Do not smoke. In addition to cancer and heart disease, smoking also dramatically increases the risk of age-related macular degeneration.
  • Exercise regularly. Exercise is good for the heart, helps control blood pressure, and improves circulation which is good for the eyes.
  • Increase consumption of dark-green leafy vegetables, fish, nuts and fruits.

Should a senior be diagnosed with AMD and has suffered vision loss, Comfort Keepers can help. AMD-related vision loss can make it difficult to perform daily living tasks or personal care, but our caregivers specialize in these areas. From light housekeeping and laundry to meal preparation, running errands, and local transportation, caregivers provide the supports and services that are needed to remain independent. Seniors who need assistance with personal care will benefit from additional supports including bathing, grooming, and dressing.

In short, age-related macular degeneration may steal a senior's vision but it does not need to steal their freedom, independence, or quality of life. With the proper support, seniors can safely age place. For more information, contact a senior care coordinator today.

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